Choosing the Right Surgeon
Many people are not aware that any general surgeon can perform a number of cosmetic procedures. Just like a dentist is able to remove a tooth and does not have to be a dental surgeon to do this, a general surgeon or physician can also perform a number of cosmetic procedures, including surgery. The outcome of your procedure is greatly affected by the skills and qualifications of your surgeon. So selecting the right surgeon greatly increases your chance of getting the job done right the first time, and thus negates the need for corrective surgery which would put the body under increased stress and expose it once again to the risks and discomfort associated with surgery.
Below are some general guidelines to assist you with finding the best cosmetic surgeon for the procedure you have in mind. Please also do not hesitate to contact us at Clinic 360 if you have any questions that we might not have answered below, or if we can be of any further assistance.
Do Research & Ask Questions
- How experienced is the surgeon?
- How many times in the past has the surgeon performed the specific procedure you are about to undergo?
- How recently has the surgeon performed this particular procedure?
- What type of accreditation does the surgeon have?
- What type of specialized training does the surgeon have, and when/where was he/she trained?
- What is the surgeon’s area of specialty?
- What are the potential risks associated with this type of procedure, and what is the surgeon’s experience with handling these?
It’s a good idea to write down any other questions you might have, and bring these with you as you visit the surgeon for consultation. This will help ensure all your concerns are appropriately addressed before making your decision. If anything is unclear, do not be afraid to ask. It is your body and your money, and you have a right to be fully informed.
Quality Before Price
Education & Up-to-date Training
Training should be a lifelong process for any surgeon, and should include workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional training on new equipment. Techniques and technologies in the field of cosmetic surgery are constantly evolving, and great advances have been made in the last few years alone. A surgeon who is up to date with the latest research will be able to not only provide you with the best possible aesthetic result, but will also employ the techniques and tools which have proven to be the safest and most comfortable.
Look for surgeons who have provided training to other surgeons in the field, as this is a sign that they are trusted among peers in their area of specialty.
Experience & Specialization
Surgeons who perform your specific procedure frequently, or even better – surgeons who perform these surgeries exclusively – are usually better choices as such procedures become almost second nature to them.
Membership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (CPSO) is a good sign. In addition, you should look for someone with specialized training and experience within the field of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, and further specialization within particular sub-sets of this field. In the case of delicate surgeries such as vaginoplasty or labiaplasty, you should for instance only allows a cosmetic surgeon who is also a specialist in gynaecological surgery operate on you. A membership in the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada would attest to his or her qualifications within this field.
Other examples of “specialized specialization” are one of Clinic 360’s cosmetic reconstructive surgeons who further specialize in reconstructive surgery involving the fine tissues, nerves and bones of the hands.
As you visit the clinics for consultations, pay extra attention to the walls in the surgeons’ offices. In general, the more diplomas and certificates you see, the better!